Treatment for high cholesterol is aimed at decreasing not only your cholesterol levels, but also decreasing other risk factors for heart disease and strokes. Medicines prescribed for high cholesterol are best used as additions to diet and exercise and should not replace healthy lifestyle changes.
Your doctor may prescribe medication to help lower your risk for heart disease and to help lower your cholesterol levels. Examples include:
- Gemfibrozil (Lopid)
- Cholestyramine (Questran)
- Colestipol (Colestid)
- Niacin (Niacor)
- Ezetimibe (Zetia)
People with high triglycerides may not respond well to statin drugs. Instead, they may need to use high-dose niacin (Niacor) or drugs in the fibrate family (Clofibrate/Atromid-S, Gemfibrozil/Lopid, Fenofibrate/Tricor).Treatments include:
Effect of Statins on Lipid Disorders
Statins help to lower cholesterol levels and decrease inflammation.
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Effect of Gemfibrozil on Lipid Disorders
Gemfibrozil decreases production of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and triglycerides.
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Effect of Cholestyramine on Lipid Disorders
Cholestyramine resin decreases production of LDL ("bad") cholesterol.
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Effect of Colestipol on Lipid Disorders
Colestipol decreases the production of LDL ("bad") cholesterol.
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Effect of Niacin (Niacor) on Lipid Disorders
Niacin reduces cholesterol production.
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Effect of Ezetimibe on Lipid Disorders
Ezetimibe reduces the amount of cholesterol absorbed.
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Effect of Fibrate Drugs on Lipid Disorders
Fibrates decrease the production of triglyerides and increase HDL ("good") cholesterol levels.
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